We Are Becoming Human Foie Gras

Foie Gras is a French delicacy.  It’s also kind of gross: To produce “foie gras” (the French term means “fatty liver”), workers ram pipes down the throats of male ducks twice each day, pumping up to 2.2 pounds of grain and fat into their stomachs, or geese three times a day, up to 4 pounds…

Hospitals Want Their Money

Here is one story I would like to share with you about a hospital lawsuit: A jury awarded Centennial, Colo.-based Centura Health $766 in a lawsuit seeking more than $229,000 from a former patient. Here are six things to know about the lawsuit: 1. In 2014, Lisa French had surgery on her back at St.…

This Could Never Happen by Pat Conrad MD

As noted recently, when someone makes a joke about some of the ludicrous aspects of 21st Century mass medicine it shortly becomes true.  Around Y2K it might have seemed hilarious that the government force emergency departments to lock up sterile water as a drug.  And then, not content with locking up betadine as a dangerous…

Walmart All In On Your Medical Records

Recently, Walmart has been in talks to acquire Humana. Now they were awarded a patent for a system that would store a person’s medical information in a blockchain database. “The patent, issued last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes three key parts to the system: a wearable device in which the blockchain is…

Sharing More of the Medical Board Shame

From the AAPS: TUCSON, Ariz., June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its partner specialty certification boards claim to be ensuring physician quality with their costly, time-devouring Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) programs. However, an updated review of their financial disclosures, commissioned by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS),…

Quote of the Week: Adlai Stevenson

“A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.” Adlai E. Stevenson (Get our FREE action packed newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your email out and we don’t spam you.) Tweet